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THE INPUT GROUP has pledged its support to PASIC, a support service for the families of children with cancer in the East Midlands, to begin the first chapter of its corporate charity partnership.

Immerse yourself into this year’s Surface Spotlight – Hospitality and Education at Surface Design Show 2017

2017 Surface Design Show will be highlighting two industry sectors as this year’s Surface Spotlight – hospitality and education. Materials and surfaces play a significant role in the experience we have with our surroundings, they need to be practical yet still inspiring. In the hospitality sector the surfaces must exude luxe whilst still maintaining the necessary hard wearing qualities for high footfall areas. The education sector again must incorporate hard working surfaces with an environment that inspires learning.

Surface Design Show returns 7-9 February 2017 to London’s Business Design Centre with almost limitless design possibilities to architects and designers who are looking for the best in surface design for the hospitality and education sector.

There is also a packed programme of events, with many of the seminars focusing on surfaces within the hospitality and education sector including ‘Future Trends in Hospitality Design’ hosted by Sleeper Magazine and ‘Sustainable Design Health and Wellbeing in Higher Education’ hosted by FIS.

Surface Spotlight Live debuted in 2016, Trend & design writer Sally Angharad will once again be curating Surface Spotlight Live 2017, which consists of a regular Surface Spotlight Newsletter and an ‘at show’ feature and presentation showcasing the most innovative materials for Education & Hospitality spaces before they hit the market.

Exhibitors with materials specially designed for the hospitality and education sectors include:

BAL (Stand 616) tiling solutions has a range of high-end, aesthetically pleasing tiles that are perfect for luxury hospitality. The durable surface is ideal for balconies, roof terraces and patios, to connect the inside with the outdoors.

 CD UK (Stand 210) will be displaying Corian – perfect for the education sector and tells a colourful tale in the new ‘Learning Garden’ at Windmill Primary School.  A key feature of the space, is an array of colourful posts and blocks made from DuPont Corian hi-tech surfaces and engraved with lettering to suggest the spines of books in a library.

 Cellecta (Stand 252) have installed HEXATHERM XFLOOR 500 into Bournemouth Art University Accommodation. Similarly ScreedBoard 20 was installed in the prestigious University of Oxford student accommodation development providing minimal sound intrusion and under floor heating.

 Grestec Tiles (Stand 596) industrial glass wall tiles are complete with a mix of metal and craquele texture effects to form innovative, industrial style wall panels that can be utilised to create an extraordinary effect for hospitality interiors.

 Spectral (Stand LS360) provided an energy efficient lighting scheme for University of Hertfordshire’s labs to offer a fantastic quality of light so the students can complete their work and the right aesthetic which the university found appealing.

Nora (Stand 240) rubber floor coverings are ideal for schools as the durability means chairs and tables do not cause any damage to the robust covering.

 Factorylux lighting recently brought the first cycle café to life by combining a café, bicycle workshop, a bar, and exhibition space. The busy space required complex and conflicting lighting to keep up with the film screenings, live cycle sport and even cyclist speed dating. Factorylux will be holding workshops in their mobile space at Surface Design Show 17.

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Bringing a 17th century farmhouse to modern standards of energy efficiency and comfort – Houlston Manor, Shropshire

Houlston Manor is an unlisted mainly 17th century box framed farmhouse, which has been substantially added to and altered since it was first built. Originally a single storey building, the building has expanded over the years to include a second storey, double depth bays and a substantial chimney stack. The house was also ‘gentrified’ according to the fashion of the early 19th century when the timber-framed front wall was replaced with brick to create a unified exterior.

Owned by the same family for generations, the current owner was born in the house in the mid 1950s and has lived there ever since. His long family connection with Houlston reaches back to his paternal grandmother, whose uncle was a tenant of the Manor in the mid 19th century – they even have a very early photograph of him sitting in front of the house!

A World Apart: Full Of Privilege & Class

Situated in Campoamor, just south of Alicante is a hidden paradise. On Las Colinas, built into a valley running between the hills, you can find the perfect hideaway for sun, gourmet dining, golf, yachting and most importantly; decadent living.

Built to the highest specification and designed by the prestigious architect Woods Bagot, are beautifully presented Villas. These aren’t just well designed villas, they are built to your exact standards. The house will be designed from the start by yourselves. Therefore, you deceide what view to have in the morning, whether it be the fairway on the 13th or looking across to the sea, you can decide.

Houzz UK Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary Doubles Community and Launches Local Professional Marketplace

Houzz, the world’s leading platform for home renovation and design, today announced that it has more than doubled its community in its first year in the UK, attracting more than 2 million monthly unique users to its mobile and online platform,

The dedicated UK platform launched in July 2014 with 1 million unique users and nearly 10,000 active home renovation and design professionals. Today, the UK professional community has grown to over 25,000 active home professionals across over 60 trades. Houzz professionals rely on Houzz’s platform as a critical business tool to build their brands, collaborate with clients and connect with homeowners looking to renovate or decorate across the country and around the world.

Project: Stormy Castle

Stormy Castle Interior

ARCHITECT: James Stroud, Loyn & Co Architects, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan

WOOD FLOORING: 161m2 of E502 Oiled North American Black Walnut Engineered wood flooring and 50m2 of E704 Engineered Oiled Fineline Walnut wood flooring were supplied by The Solid Wood Flooring Company, Tetbury, Gloucestershire. GL8 8JN 01666 504015

METHOD OF FITTING: Fully bonded to a Cement and Sand screed using BONA R850 adhesive over BONA R410


Simply put – unparalleled experience in all aspects of lifestyle audio together with a careful selection of superlative equipment from accomplished manufacturers. Looking for a dedicated media /listening room or a bespoke specialist home cinema or a bold statement? From the extraordinary beautiful Brodmann Acoustic range of speakers discrete, High End, in-wall for those for that ‘hidden’ sound, in addition to a selection of exquisite on wall and in ceiling speaker options,  exquisite Oracle Delphi MK VI turntable, the stylish Scherer Evinces’ or TAD; as used in Air Studios.


Quality, function and appearance were all major factors when it came to choosing the right Rainwater goods to renovate Wayout Lodge, a listed mini chateau styled property in Cobham, Surrey, which has recently undergone a major transformation from rundown and tired to a shining example of a successfully renovated period property, having been taken under the wing of new owner and interior designer James Gostelow.

Real-time dust and noise measurement system with rapid configuration and delivery.

Construction is gathering pace in London with skyscrapers shooting up in the city and several major building, demolition and rejuvenation projects underway.  Casella’s pioneering BOUNDARY Guardian will play a vital role in reducing occupational health and environmental risks in many of these projects this summer.


Before the days of piped water and bathrooms even grand Downton Abbey style houses had a jug and basin on a washstand in the bedroom. When the circulating water system was inventedalong came basins fitted into a marble or granite top on a stand – a style faithfully reproduced by Burlington Bathrooms in the Georgian Granite range.


Greensquares has introduced two new colours to its successful Refin   Porcelain Paving range. An appreciation of this alternative flooring material   has seen Refin being adopted extensively in domestic, commercial and public   projects.

Top picks for British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) – Amy Cooper

Unique porcelain lighting for atmospheric illumination, inspired by the world under the sea, the world under the microscope and the magic of twilight and dawn. Her range is roughly divided into ‘Original’ for which she is best known for and her more recent ‘Imagery’ work. All work is slipcast and individually decorated.

Beyond The Wall Sculpture – Cosentino Collaboration

The worldwide leader in the production and distribution of innovative surfaces for architecture and design, Cosentino and the prestigious architect and designer Daniel Libeskind presented a permanent sculpture yesterday evening at the Group’s headquarters in Almeria, Spain. The spectacular spiral sculpture is called Beyond The Wall; a remarkable result of the ongoing collaboration between Libeskind Design and the Cosentino Group. A temporary version of this sculpture was showcased in Milan’s Statale University during Milan’s Design Week 2013.

Build It Live – Helping turn your house building dream into a reality

If you are hoping to create a truly individual home then a visit to Build it Live at Bluewater’s event venue ‘Glow’ on 22 and 23 February will provide plenty of inspiration and practical advice to ensure you get the home and space you want.

kbb Exhibitor: – Singleton door style launched by Kitchen Door Workshop

Providing its customers with even more choice when it comes to eclectic styles, the online replacement door specialist, Kitchen Door Workshop has created the new Singleton door and drawer option.

The British Craft Trade Fair

The British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) is not a trade exhibition that will be on the radar for many designers and architects…however in recent years the attraction to attend has significantly increased as the fair has become quite contemporary in its presentation, with more and more exhibitors producing commissions and installation work for professionals.

Home Designer & Architect

Home Designer & Architect